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Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Thu Dec 12, 2002 3:05 pm

Heya!

My friend is considering buying either the Canon EF 100-400mm L USM Lens or the Sigma 50-500mmF4-6.3 EX APO RF HSM. Which one do you think is better for aviation photography?

Also, is it true the Canon L Lens 100-400mm will cause blurred pictures when you shoot it at 400mm ? Does the IS come into any good?

Any comments for the Sigma 50-500mm from experienced users?
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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Thu Dec 12, 2002 3:38 pm

I would guess teh Canon 100-400 would be better.While the Sigma has a 10X zoom to the Canon's 4X, with the Sigma you have a 50mm f.4 lens to start. Not very good for a 50mm.

But for something to use "around town", it would sure lighten up the camera bag only having to carry one lens. Not sure about the Canon blurring at 400mm. Why would it do that?

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Thu Dec 12, 2002 5:30 pm

Shot at 400 mm with the 100-400 L lens:


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So I dont think it blurrs alot at 400mm. keep in mind that it is a very expensive top end lens from Canon, why would it be blurry at ANY zoom?

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Thu Dec 12, 2002 5:32 pm

Nothing wrong with the Canon 100-400L IS - I would recommend it to anyone who can afford to buy it. Both the following shot at 400mm, and they're certainly not blurred:

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Thu Dec 12, 2002 5:38 pm

I think you'll find superb pictures on A.net taken by either lens.

Personally, I went for the 100-400mm. This is a very sharp lens through the range. Don't know where you heard about blurring. Also, the IS is a big plus - it will let you shoot at much slower shutter speeds handheld which is great for poor light or panned shots. Realistically, the IS is worth 2 stops over a non IS lens.

50 - 500? well I've always felt that this equated to a very heavy "standard" lens  Smile I would rather carry a 2nd, shorter lens in addition to the 100-400.

Ultimately, I think the sort of photography you do should be the deciding factor - is a 10x zoom that useful to you? How often will you use it at the shorter range? Is photography in poor light important to you?

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Thu Dec 12, 2002 5:57 pm

I have the 100-400 lens and it is the best money i have ever spent. At 400 mm the image stabilising works well and i get good photos.
 
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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Thu Dec 12, 2002 8:03 pm

Thanks guys for the feedback Big grin

I think Mr. Casper Calixius Koh will be getting his 100-400mm L lens tomorrow Big grin

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Thu Dec 12, 2002 11:56 pm

Oooohh! Another one joins the monster lens club !! Big grin

According to a few of my friends who have this lens, the IS system may take a brief moment to stabilize the image after focusing, and the user has to get used to this small delay. Rushing to take the picture before the IS system has done its work might actually result in blurry pictures.

Looks like I'll be surrounded by more "heavy metal" the next time I stop by Changi.  Big thumbs up

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Fri Dec 13, 2002 2:05 am

the IS system may take a brief moment to stabilize the image after focusing

This is true, but I've long since learned to keep the shutter in it's half depressed "standby mode" pretty much all the time - this eliminates any lag in the system (IS and focusing). Yes, it obviously represents a battery drain but I've shot all day like this on my D60 and still had battery life left.

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Fri Dec 13, 2002 2:40 am

Hi Guys,
can you explain what the terms L lens,IS lens and USM are please?
 
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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Fri Dec 13, 2002 5:47 am

L= indicates it is a professional lens. Long zooms are almost all white.

IS= Image Stabiliser: Lenses shift to prevent motion blurr at low shutterspeeds

USM= Ultrasonic focusing: fast autofocus

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Fri Dec 13, 2002 7:33 am

"L" actually stands for "luxury". Note that L lenses may not necessarily always be significantly optically superior to their non "L" brethren, but they do feature much more robust construction and weather proofing ... they are also constructed with much more attention to things like consistent colour and contrast across the range.

These are features which might not be critical for many amatuers (or pros for that matter). It does not necessarily follow that an "L" lens is always sharper than non-L ... but it is invariably heavier and more expensive  Smile

Also, that white color can be a real curse "hey look at me, I've got expensive equipment" - I wish they did a black option!

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Fri Dec 13, 2002 10:35 am

I've seen birds/wildlife photographers wrapping their Canon supertelephotos in dark cloth, as the white color apparently makes their setup too conspicuous in the wild.

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Fri Dec 13, 2002 11:13 am

Go for Canon 100-400 , no doubt about it !

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Sat Dec 14, 2002 4:42 am

I used to have the 50-500 but it was WAYYYYY too big and heavy so I sold it and bought a 70-200L and a 2x instead (I was never using the 500mm end anyways). I've now just bought a 100-400L to go with the 2x for those moments when I might need too take a shot of a passing aircraft at 35000 feet.  Smile

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:48 pm

Cheers guys
 
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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Sat Dec 14, 2002 6:51 pm

I'm very happy with my new L 100-400 as you can see in some of my recent uploads (except the BKK pix, didn't carry the heavy baby with me)

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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Sat Dec 14, 2002 10:10 pm

Heh Konstantin,

Great pics below  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up

Was just wondering if you used the IS on the lens? Or did you used the tripod?



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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Sun Dec 15, 2002 12:51 am

Thanks!
I used a tripod, and if I remember correctly, I used my standard 24-85mm lens (no L, no IS) as the aircraft are rather close to the obs deck at FRA.
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RE: Canon L Lens 100-400mm Or Sigma 50-500mm?

Sun Dec 15, 2002 5:29 am

I used the 50-500 from Sigma (Nikon Mount) during a weekend and I was very disappointed with it: vignetting was significant at any focal distance, even at f8.

The 100-400 is probably the best long tele zoom available for Canon.

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